A Montreal artist thinks big with her miniature creations

A Montreal artist is starting to draw attention to her little creations. What started out as an exciting project is quickly becoming a full-time job.

Marina Totino spends days, weeks and months painstakingly creating incredibly detailed miniatures.

“When I started I was very frustrated, I didn’t have a lot of patience,” Totino told Global News. “The small pieces are so tedious to put together. I drop them. They fly across the room.

It’s hard to imagine being patient enough to create art so small but so rich in detail. Among Totino’s creations are a vinyl record player barely as big as a dollar and a quarter-sized Super Nintendo.

Totino is quickly making a name for himself with his surreal and spooky miniatures.

Her latest concoction, 20 tiny industrial washing machines that will be part of a spooky laundromat she plans to debut online in time for Halloween.

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“Who would have thought that people like the little things? She said with a smile.

In a tiny TV room she created, every detail is taken care of, with mini VHS tapes strewn across the floor and light streaming from a tiny box in the corner.

A retro video store was the play that took him from adolescence to power.

“I skyrocketed through it. It hasn’t stopped going up ever since,” said the Dollard-des-Ormeaux native who studied film at Concordia University.

She hand-carved the store’s exterior brick texture out of foam, made a mini ladder to the roof with thin pieces of wood, and decorated the facade with miniature shrubs, cigarette butts and a piece of wood. of litter.

Inside the library are 460 custom DVD cases no bigger than a fingernail, all adorned with real movie covers. It took over a month of microscopic precision to create.

“Building miniatures actually helped me be calmer on the road. It helped me get angry behind the wheel,” she joked about the calm needed to do such a job.

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She posted a video of it on TikTok, and to her surprise, it went viral, garnering over 6.9 million views and 1.8 million likes.

“I remember when the video went viral I was kinda bedridden for a week. I didn’t post anything for a week. I didn’t know what to do because there are so many eyes on you now,” she said after being overwhelmed by his sudden popularity.

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She quickly accepted her newfound fame and started getting asked to create minis for TV shows, video games and more.

“My goal in making thumbnails right now is to make music videos and start getting into stop motion. That’s my long-term goal and maybe do some commercials with thumbnails,” a- she explained.

Small art allows this Montreal artist to dream big.

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